#Cubs Baez to play CF in spring opener
The Cubs open the Cactus League season on Thursday against the Brewers, and manager Joe Maddon isn’t going to waste time seeing if Javier Baez can play the outfield.
Baez is scheduled to start in center and bat sixth in the first Spring Training game. Travis Wood will start and be followed by Kyle Hendricks. Other pitchers on the travel roster include Clayton Richard, Rex Brothers, and Dennis Patton.
Kyle Schwarber will lead off and play left, and be followed in the lineup by third baseman Kris Bryant, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, right fielder Jorge Soler, catcher Miguel Montero, Baez, second baseman Tommy La Stella, designated hitter
Dan Vogelbach and shortstop Munenori Kawasaki.
Baez, who has primarily played shortstop and second base in the Minor Leagues and big leagues, tested center field in Puerto Rico winter ball, making four starts. Outfield instructor Doug Dascenzo spent a few days with Baez in Puerto Rico to help make the transition.
The Cubs are hoping that Baez can become more versatile — which would make him more valuable on the roster.
— Carrie Muskat